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Needham, Joseph, & Tsien Tsuen-Hsuin. Science and civilisation in China. Volume 5: Chemistry and chemical technology. Part I: Paper and printing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987. 8vo (25.3 cm, 10"). xxv, , 485,  pp.; illus. $150.00
Volume five, part one of an extensive series on the history of Chinese science and technology, headed by biochemist, sinologist, and historian Joseph Needham. Needham (1900–95), along with several collaborators, began developing the Science and Civilisation in China series in 1948, with the first volume appearing in 1954; there are currently seven volumes in 27 books in the series covering topics such as mechanical engineering, physics, botany, medicine, language, and more.
Needham's collaborator for this volume, Tsein Tseun-hsuin, was a Chinese sinologist and librarian known for smuggling thousands of rare books, many being invaluable artifacts of Chinese culture, out of Japanese-occupied China during World War II. With Needham's support, Tsien created this => comprehensive study of paper and printing in China from its very beginnings to the end of the 19th century.
This is the third printing, revised; many black-and-white illustrations accompany the text throughout and the whole production is notably attractive.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Publisher's quarter pictorial cloth and black cloth spine with gilt lettering, in original pictorial dust jacket; jacket with minor edgewear, spine and edges faded. Light foxing to top edges of text. Sound, unmarked, and => an illuminating volume from an important series. (38045) Please RESHELVE This.
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